Chloe WoodallMiss Meridian
Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from dental school and complete endodontic specialty training.
Scholastic Honors: Academic Honor Roll; Head of School List; National Beta Honor Society; National Junior Beta Honor Society
Platform: Ready, Set, Serve!
What makes you special and unique? I am kind and compassionate, but I am also assertive and determined when it comes to setting my own goals and working to achieve them.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am determined. When I set goals for myself, I work hard and do whatever it takes to achieve them. If someone tells me that I can’t do something, look out, because it motivates me to achieve it even faster!
Best advice you have ever received? My cheerleading coach starts each practice with “leave it on the mat.” She encourages us to give 100% so that we can truly say we have no regrets. These words echo in my mind each time we perform and are good words of wisdom for any challenge I face in life.
What can’t you live without? Diet Dr. Pepper – Others run on coffee, I start my morning with Diet Dr. Pepper to get me going!
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Because my weeks are busy, I look forward to down-time when I can watch Grey’s Anatomy and lose myself in their stories.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic comedies – It’s hard to beat a cheesy love story!
Where do you see yourself in ten years? After completing my bachelor’s degree, I want to attend dental school and specialize in endodontics. I hope to give others confidence through their smiles.
Most valuable lesson learned? Lately, I have been learning what a true friend is and have realized that I am very fortunate to have one true friend that I can always rely on.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My cheer coach, Laura, inspires me in cheer and life. She motivates me to do my best and encourages me when I need to be pushed. The lessons she’s taught me are positive life lessons that will benefit me for years to come.
What motivates you? My younger sister and I constantly push each other to be better. Call it sibling rivalry, but there is always a friendly competition to succeed in our house!
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning the state championship for cheerleading was incredibly rewarding. Sharing the excitement of our hard work and being recognized at the state level are moments I truly cherish.
Best compliment you have ever received? After cheering at a pep rally, a kindergarten girl said “I want to be a cheerleader just like you.” This simple compliment reminds me of the importance of serving as a role model to younger children who are always watching.
Secret wish or dream? I wish I could star in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Who wouldn’t want to be the big city girl who falls in love with the small town guy and finds true love in the end?!
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? While watching my school basketball team play, a rogue basketball came out of nowhere and hit me in the head. If that wasn’t enough, it happened again in the next quarter! I didn’t realize sitting in the stands required safety gear!
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Bungee jump in a canyon! I’m always up for an adventure by falling from tall heights is where I draw the line.
What is your super power? The ability to make a stranger a friend within a matter of minutes.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? The Outstanding Teen sisterhood has shown me the importance of having peers who share your ambition, determination and commitment to service. I love having friends across the state who share similar goals yet still support each other.
Describe yourself in one word. If I could describe myself in one word it would be ambitious because I set goals for myself, work hard, and am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them.
A Fun Family Fact? My parents met through the Miss Mississippi Organization. As a former contestant, my mom met my dad while selling an ad to his business for the program book!
I am motivated to succeed. I am actively involved in golf, cheer and tennis and still maintain high academic honors. I understand the importance of managing time in order to be successful in all areas of life. I love to set goals and work hard to pursue them. I am compassionate. When interacting with others, I always try to understand their perspective and put myself in their shoes. It is important to me to show kindness and consideration to everyone I meet. I am friendly. I love new adventures like camp, social activities and MMOT where I can meet new people and connect with them. I enjoy being around others and making lasting friendships. I am family oriented. I have one brother and one sister, loving parents and a close-knit extended family. My family supports and encourages me. I am grateful to have them cheering me on in every endeavor.
Sports, academics and extracurriculars fill the days of most teenagers. There’s often little time to squeeze in other interests, especially optional activities like volunteering. In fact, U.S. Census Data used to track teen volunteering showed that young people today are less likely to volunteer than they were 15 years ago. I’m thankful, however, that my parents taught me at an early age to notice the needs of those around me and to give back. Their example and lessons inspired me to participate in organizations and activities where I could make a difference and I want to help others do the same.
I created Ready, Set, Serve! to inspire young people to prioritize volunteering. I want young people to appreciate the importance of volunteering and pursue it with a passion instead of viewing it as an obligation or requirement. I believe that by encouraging people to volunteer at a young age, we prepare them for long-term engagement in their community.
While volunteering improves the lives of those around us, it enriches the person giving back as well. Volunteering allows participants to see how others experience the world and opens their eyes to something new; it teaches valuable life skills like time-management, communication and leadership; it has been shown to improve self-confidence and happiness. I hope to use my voice and title to inspire those around me to get involved and make a difference by setting an example of service.